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I was first introduced to matcha at a traditional Japanese tea ceremony in Japan. During the ceremony, a large bowl of matcha was prepared by the tea master and passed around. I have to mention that matcha prepared at traditional tea ceremonies is very concentrated, especially for someone who has never tasted it before. I’ll never forget the strong and bitter taste of the matcha and pretending to like it as my homestay mother observed my reaction to this nearly sacred drink! The matcha that I make at home and find served outside of Japan is not as concentrated, so it’s easier to drink, and you acquire a taste for it over time. Matcha is becoming a super drink here in the West due to its health benefits, but it's good to remember that it needs to be drunk in moderation, so a few cups a day is plenty. Matcha is not widely available in supermarkets but it can be found in Asian speciality stores, some health stores or online. You'll find ‘ingredient matcha’ which is suitable for baking and costs about half the price of drinking matcha. You can use drinking matcha for baking, but it will work out more expensive.
You can learn 'How to Make Matcha Tea at Home' at the recipe here and also, why not try my recipe for 'A Matcha Latte' here.
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